Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/20/14

If you’ve been watching the playoffs, it’s impossible to avoid seeing former Pirates thrive. They’re everywhere. Here’s a quick breakdown…if you can stomach hit. I don’t mind rooting for some of these guys, but it really is ridiculous (and often very frustrating) to see so many former Bucs doing so well all of a sudden.

Orioles

  • Nate McLouth. Sigh. McLouth was beyond awful with the Pirates; he hit .140 with two doubles and no homers in 34 games, and was especially bad in his pinch hitting role. The Pirates eventually cut him, and then Orioles grabbed him and Nate figured something out in the minors. Now he’s batting leadoff every day for the storybook O’s, and hit for a solid .777 OPS with 7 homers over 55 games. He had big hits in their Wild Card game win and in last night’s loss to the Yankees.
  • The O’s also feature Matt Wieters and Manny Machado – both of whom the Pirates passed on in the first round of recent drafts.

Yankees

  • No former Bucs are on the Yanks playoff roster, but Steve Pearce (!!) and Casey McGehee got some at-bats for them down the stretch. Neither performed well.

A’s

  • Brandon Moss. He’s hitting CLEANUP for the AL’s other storybook team. Moss, of course, was a big piece of the Jason Bay trade. He struggled for the Bucs over parts of three years, including what was nearly a full season in 2009 (he hit .236 with 7 homers). After doing nothing for two years after that, he hit .291 with 21 bombs for Oakland this season.

Tigers

  • Just a couple of minor guys here (plus manager Jim Leyland and much of the coaching staff, of course). Don Kelly, the Mt. Lebanon and Point Park product that had a short stint with the Bucs, hit the game-winning sac-fly yesterday. His numbers are terrible, but Leyland loves him and he plays a super-utlity role.
  • Octavio Dotel is also part of the Detroit bullpen, where he had a solid season.

Reds

  • Bronson Arroyo was a Pirate ages ago. Everyone knows he’s been a staple of the Reds rotation for a while now, and last night he tossed seven shutout innings in a big Game 2 victory.
  • Xavier Paul is still hanging around the roster, probably just to remind us of his homer off the Hammer that set the stage for the Bucs’ 82nd loss.
  • Ryan Ludwick is still killing it for the Reds *shakes fist*. He homered last night.

Giants

  • Javier Lopez has played a key relief role ever since arriving in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Pirates got John Bowker and Joe Martinez in exchange for him.
  • Ryan Vogelsong will start tomorrow with the Giants on the brink of elimination.
  • Somehow, Xavier Nady found his way onto the Giants’ bench late in the season.

Cardinals

  • No former Bucs here.

Nationals

  • An underrated piece of the Hanrahan trade, Sean Burnett has been a useful lefty reliever for the Nats ever since.
  • Tom Gorzelanny is also in their bullpen.
  • And last but not least…some folks in Washington think Adam LaRoche might be their team MVP. 
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